Accessibility of Text Editors
Many of the sites that allow users to contribute text, images and other multimedia also provide an editor that allows users to change the look and feel of their text as they would in a wordprocesser application. The problem is that not all editors are accessible when using a keyboard or screen reader. TinyMCE appears to be the best option at present. If a user cannot reach the editor with the use of the keyboard then a plain text form should be offered. (W3C WCAG 2.0 2.1, W3C WCAG 2.0 2.4, W3C WCAG 2.0 1.1, W3C WCAG 2.0 3.2 and W3C WCAG 2.0 4.1).
These techniques may be used to perform the test.
Quick Overview: Manual tabbing. WebAim WAVE Errors,Features and Alerts, WebbIE and Thunder or NVDA screen reader to check if text can be submitted.
Criteria for this Test
|Keyboard and screen reader inaccessible.|
|Tab into the editor and out again but no access to toolbar.|
|Partial accessibility with access to some tools as long as access keys are known.|
|Fully accessible and usable or Not Applicable|